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“Every life has a purpose, no matter class, financial situation, health condition, or age; Inside or outside of the womb, every life is precious.”  (0.20)  Abortion is not something that we hear about everyday but as the years have gone by it has become something that is done or talked about more and more. The definition for abortion is stated as “the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy.”  In other words, this really means that an abortion is basically the ending of a pregnancy, meaning that it is the ending of a life of an unborn child. There are two ways to see an abortion. People can see it as a miscarriage and others see it as a surgical abortion; either way they are both the ending of an unborn child’s life the difference between the two though is one is an accident or not intentionally losing a child in the womb and the other is purposely ending the child’s life.When abortion first began to happen, it wasn’t something you saw everyday. Why? Because it wasn’t legal.  The first abortions to happen were those where women would help each other out when they didn’t want a baby. After years of this continually happening, in 1821 Connecticut passed the first law in the United States barring abortions after the fourth month in the pregnancy; this was usually done by taking a poison that would kill the baby (Legal History). As the years went by and people started to learn more and more about how pregnancies and abortions worked, there began debates on whether or not abortions were the right thing to do when a woman was not sure about wanting her baby (Legal History).  In the late 1800s, laws started to become established making abortion illegal. States later on began to change their minds about abortion; some states started to make abortion legal because of the fear of other races over numbering them with population. In around 1967, forty-nine of the fifty states in the United States believed that abortion was not right so created a law that abortion would  be illegal. Due to this law, many women who weren’t ready to be mothers started to break the laws doing something called back alley abortions; which was women doing things to cause their own abortions. This caused lots of women to lose their lives while doing this. Not only were they killing their babies but they were losing their own lives or self harming themselves without intentions. Due to all of this, the state of California in 1962 changed their mind on abortions so they made legal in their state. Around the 1970s a man by the name of Harvey Karman started to do illegal abortions and invented a safer way to do this; he created the vacuum abortion method which made it easier and safer for women to have an abortion. After seeing this, the states of Alaska, Hawaii, New York, and Washington started to remove their  laws of abortion being illegal and started to allow women to have abortions as long as they were not over twenty-four weeks into the pregnancy. Later on in the years around 1977, states began to pass a law allowing abortions if the baby was the result of rape, incest, or “severe and long-lasting” damage to the woman’s physical health. Years and years went by and more and more abortions were being done. In 1990 the state of Ohio made a law stating that if the woman was a minor, she must have the consent of both parents, letting them know she was having an abortion. In 1994, congress than passed the FACE Act, (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act) forbidding the use of “force, threat of force or physical obstruction” to prevent someone from providing or receiving abortions.When it comes to abortion, many people see it as a crime, others see it as nothing bad. It is not a crime, nor is it something good. Indeed 70 percent of the woman who decide to have an abortion  are those who are 13 years of age. Around 40 percent of American women have been pregnant by the time they are 20 (Sonfield). There are lots of women who become pregnant at a very early stage in their life; not being ready to become mothers they feel like the only solution they have is to have an abortion.  “Those who choose abortions are often minors or young women with insufficient life experience to understand fully what they are doing. Many have lifelong regrets afterward” (Lowen 9 ).  “Teenagers who become mothers have grim prospects for the future. They are much more likely to leave school; receive inadequate prenatal care; rely on public assistance to raise a child; develop health problems; or end up divorced” (Lowen 9). Having an abortion is nothing easy nor cheap; to have this done will cost someone a lot of money from their pocket. Not all abortions are the same, just as the prices on them are different. They all range depending on how long into the pregnancy the person is (Sonfield). An abortion can be done in three different stages in a pregnancy, all depending on how much into a the pregnancy a mother is in. In the first trimester meaning in the first nine weeks of a pregnancy, a mother can choose between taking Methotrexate & Misoprostol (MTX) which is medical abortion procedure used up to the first seven weeks of pregnancy; Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA),a procedure used as early as 3 -12 weeks since the last period the mother had; or Aspiration,  a surgical abortion procedure used to terminate the pregnancy that is up to 16 weeks from the last period. (Abortion Procedures During First, Second and Third Trimester.) An abortion during this time is the cheapest; to have an abortion done can range a woman from around $350 to $500 not including hospital stay or anything else just what was use to do the abortion (Sonfield). In the second trimester, the options for abortion are different, Dilation & Curettage (D & C) is the first option, which is a surgical abortion procedure used to terminate a pregnancy up to 16 weeks. It is also referred to as suction or vacuum aspiration. Dilation & Evacuation (D & E) and Induction Abortion are the other two methods. They are rarely  performed surgical procedures where salt water, urea, or potassium chloride is injected into the amniotic sac or prostaglandins are inserted into the vagina, and pitocin is injected intravenously (Abortion Procedures). The prices in this time of a pregnancy are a little higher; ranging anywhere from $650 to $700. (Abortion Facts). For the third trimester things are a little more hard to handle. The last trimester abortion is not allowed in many states due to it being 24 weeks into a pregnancy, meaning that the baby could now survive outside of the mother. The only way to have an abortion in the third trimester is surgically which are by D or Induction Abortion (Abortion Procedures). Being this far into a pregnancy and wanting an abortion can cost a woman thousands of dollars. During this period an abortion is always above $1000 (Abortion Facts).Those people who believe that abortion isn’t anything bad see it as the baby growing inside the womb not being a person until the very last stages of the pregnancy (Philosophy and the Moral Issue of Abortion). During the first week of a pregnancy, the egg begins to grow which means a baby starts to form. In the second week of a pregnancy the life growing inside of the mother begins to get nourishment. Not long after that, normally three to four weeks into the pregnancy, the baby’s eyes, spinal cord, brain, lungs, stomach, liver, and kidneys begin to form; also allowing the heart to start to pump. From that week on its pretty much living, it has a heart beat to keep it going. The fourth week into the pregnancy the baby’s head and back bone are complete. Along with the legs and arms. During the fifth week of a pregnancy, the abdomen and chest of the baby are now seperated. The baby’s ears, fingers, and toes start to form. Normally between six to eight weeks into the pregnancy the baby is basically complete; all organs are formed, the head and brain are complete, and the baby’s face is now fully done including its mouth and tongue. During this process, the baby just needs to grow and grow. In the eleventh week through the twelfth week period, the baby is now fully complete and is able to feel pain. Which means that the baby is now around 3 months old (Alam ). The way that people think about abortion a lot of times has to do with the way they grew up and were raised, their culture, religion, and beliefs.  “Religious traditions are more pluralistic and varied than that, however, and even within those religions most are publicly opposed to abortion, there are traditions which would permit abortion, even if only in limited circumstances.” (Fairchild 2). To my religion as a Roman Catholic, abortion is not something that should be done. It is something that the church is very against. For other religions it is something different though. For the  Protestant and Christian religions, “Vocal, vociferous opposition to abortion is common in Protestant circles but support for abortion rights is also common — it’s just not as loud. There is no single Protestant position on abortion, but Protestants who oppose abortion sometimes portray themselves as the only true Christians following.” (Fairchild 3). For Judaism, it is something a lot more different than the other religions. ” Jewish tradition allows for abortion for the sake of the mother because there is no soul in the first 40 days, and even in the latter stages of pregnancy, the fetus has a lower moral status than the mother.”  (Fairchild 4).  Now when it comes to Islam it is also something different.  “Muslim teachings do allow for abortion, it is generally limited to the early stages of pregnancy and only on the condition that there are very good reasons for it — frivolous reasons are not allowed.” (Fairchild 5). Buddhism goes back to what the Catholic church believes. “Buddhist belief in reincarnation leads to the belief that life begins at the moment of conception. This naturally inclines Buddhism against legalized abortion.”  (Fairchild 6). The Hindu religion and beliefs go to what the bible says. “Because the fetus is endowed with divine spirit, abortion is treated as an especially heinous crime and sin.” (Fairchild 7). “Sikhs believe that life begins at conception and that life is the creative work of God. Therefore, in principle at least, the Sikh religion takes a very strong position against abortion as a sin.” (Fairchild 8). When it comes to abortion in the Taoism and Confucianism religion it all depends on the situation that is going on.  “There is evidence that the Chinese practiced abortion in ancient times, and nothing in either Taoist or Confucian ethical codes explicitly forbids it. At the same time, though, it isn’t encouraged — it’s usually treated as a necessary evil, to be used as a last resort.” (Fairchild 9). Reading and studying more and more about what really happens in abortions, there was more understanding a lot more facts on what actually was to happen. The idea and thoughts about abortion that were here at the beginning are still the same. Abortion is nothing more than the ending of a baby’s life; which is something that is not right and should never be right. It may be because of my beliefs, culture, and or religion but either way, a baby is a human, whether it is out of the mother’s womb or not. A life is being destroyed when an abortion is done. “Every life has a purpose, no matter class, financial situation, health condition, or age; Inside or outside of the whom, every life is precious.”  (0.20)